Word Freak

Word Freak

Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players

Book - 2011 | 10th anniversary edition.
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Scrabble may be truly called America's game. But for every group of "living-room players" there is someone who is "at one with the board." In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis introduces readers to those few, exploring the underground world of colorful characters for which the Scrabble game is life-playing competitively in tournaments across the country. It is also the story of how the Scrabble game was invented by an unemployed architect during the Great Depression and how it has grown into the hugely successful, challenging, and beloved game it is today. Along the way, Fatsis chronicles his own obsession with the game and his development as a player from novice to expert. More than a book about hardcore Scrabble players, Word Freak is also an examination of notions of brilliance, memory, language, competition, and the mind that celebrates the uncanny creative powers in us all. -- Book Description.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2011, c2001.
Edition: 10th anniversary edition.
ISBN: 9780142002261
Branch Call Number: 793.73 FATSIS
Characteristics: xii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


From Library Staff

While both are considered participatory journalism endeavors, compared to The Noble Hustle, Whitehead’s book about playing in ESPN’s World Series of Poker, this book delves much further into the world of Scrabble playing. With a deep dive into Scrabble culture, the author lives and breathes the g... Read More »

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Cynthia_N Mar 08, 2017

Fun read but it made me realize I do not have the dedication to become a Word Freak!

diesellibrarian Dec 12, 2011

Sports writer Stephen Fatsis sets out to cover the world of elite Scrabble. He quickly becomes enamoured with the game and, under the guise of writing the book, gives himself over to a full-blown obsession. Along his journey, he digs up more than you ever wanted to know about the game, its history, and its players. While Scrabble nuts will certainly enjoy this book immensely, I felt at times that it sometimes provided a little too much detail. A more rigorous edit could have probably pared 50 pages from the text, making it that much more readable and accessible to the average reader. Still, I give Fatsis high marks for his disarming brand of gonzo journalism.

Nov 18, 2009

Tournament Scrabble players


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